4 key Facilities Management strategies

Facilities Management naturally involves an element of strategy, for example when scheduling planned maintenance, but by going beyond this you can optimise the outcomes for your organisation.

In 2020, RICS ran an article headed “Introducing Strategic Facilities Management” and outlining several potential approaches to Strategic FM.

Here’s our own pick of four key Facilities Management strategies for 2021 and beyond.


Everything Available

Your Facilities Management strategies should look beyond the operational aspects of building maintenance and take a more holistic view of the availability of assets over their complete life span.

For example, Facilities Managers may want to look at assets like heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting, and ask how to ensure those essential services and utilities are always accessible to the occupants of the premises.

In this sense, Strategic Facilities Management is concurrent with business continuity planning, where continuity depends on the successful functioning of specific facilities.


Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling, sometimes called Building Information Management, brings together modern trends including computer-aided Facilities Management (CAFM), automation and IT to understand how to strategically deliver FM in the building.

Incorporating BIM into CAFM makes sense, as the two platforms share much of the same information and can streamline the management of assets.

As yet, many organisations have yet to fully achieve this, making it a good prospect to gain a competitive advantage, or to achieve significant efficiency gains that have not yet been made in full or even in part.


Soft Landings

Involving FM from day zero on a new commercial property build and fit out can anticipate future problems with assets and resolve them before they occur.

This can mean paying extra fees upfront for Facilities Managers to start working earlier in the project pipeline, but the long-term return on investment more than makes the business case for doing so.

For the successful future of this trend, FMs need to be involved and their opinions given equal weight, so that if they raise any concerns, appropriate efforts are taken to act on their insights and minimise avoidable future maintenance demands.


Harmonic Environments

Finally, Strategic FM can focus on health and happiness to maximise productivity by creating harmonic working environments for the human workforce.

This can be achieved by ensuring the assets and facilities in the building meet the needs of the occupants, while ensuring their continued comfort at all times.

In this way, Strategic FM can bridge the gap between the building fabric and the human capital of the workforce within, to deliver even greater productivity and efficiency gains overall.

To find out more about our facilities management services, email info@hebs-group.co.uk or call our team on 0151 236 0707.

The advantages of using a professional commercial fit out company

Working with a professional commercial fit out company can not only make sure your new premises get fitted out without a hitch, it can also provide you with a better standard of interiors, which will support productivity and efficiency for even longer into the future.

Professional commercial fit out contractors work across many premises and are well aware of what makes for a good workplace design, as well as any emerging trends that can help to future-proof your commercial property.

This means you can expect a higher standard of finish, incorporating any relevant technologies that you might not already be aware of, and protecting your investment in your premises by reducing maintenance demand and maximising resale value.


One port of call

A commercial fit out company should be able to handle the entire project. In essence, you gain the services of a project manager who will coordinate all the necessary subcontractors to get your premises fully fitted out and commissioned.

You can leave it to the fit out firm to recommend their preferred subcontractors for the various different utilities and services required, with better budget confidence as all the costs are covered by a single contract.


Maximise compliance

A good professional fit out company will have plenty of experience and expertise, including a good understanding of the relevant regulations and compliance requirements.

This encompasses everything from building regulations to health and safety. By working with an expert, you can benefit from total peace of mind that these risks are fully assessed and mitigated.


Time and time again

Commercial fit out companies don’t only work on new-build premises, as they can also carry out refurbishment of existing workspaces to upgrade the facilities to a modern standard.

Because of this, many clients return time and time again to multiply the benefits they gain from working with a trusted commercial fit out contractor on a series of branch offices, new locations and modernisations.


Find out more

If you are planning a commercial premises fit out project and would like to learn more about engaging a fit out firm from the outset, to coordinate all the necessary activities without delay, speak to hebs Group today and we will be happy to help.

Our team has worked on a long list of extremely successful commercial fit out projects, including specific markets like retail, leisure, new-builds and refurbishments, and rented student accommodation.

To find out more, email info@hebs-group.co.uk or call our team on 0151 236 0707.

Flowtech leave Ladybridge gutters and gullies as good as new

The Flowtech team are proud of our ongoing work for the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) as regular readers of our blog will know.

Over recent months and years, we have attended many NWAS ambulance stations to repair leaks, clear blocked drains and restore gutters to as-new condition.

A recent call-out saw us visit the picturesque NWAS Headquarters at Ladybridge Hall in Bolton, which was in need of a little maintenance.

We made the short journey to the premises, which stand in Chorley New Road Conservation Area and are considered of architectural significance to the area’s history.


What we did

The pitched slate roofs of Ladybridge Hall slope down to traditional gullies and gutters with custom-built wooden gutter guards to catch larger debris.

Over time, smaller debris and sediment can get through the gaps in the gulley guards, and the Flowtech team responded to a call to clear any residue from the guttering.

We were able to do this and jet washed the gullies to leave them flowing freely, cleared and cleaned just like the day they were first fitted to this historic property.


About Ladybridge Hall

Ladybridge Hall was built around the 1870s in a Gothic style, with steeply pitched slate roofs and an irregular pattern of gables, chimney stacks, parapet and turret.

The former mansion is stone-built with ashlar dressings, with a beautiful arched entrance porch that has its own pitched leaded roof.

In recent years, the property has been home to several emergency services, including Greater Manchester Ambulance Service and Bolton Mountain Rescue Team.

It is now the NWAS HQ and provides the ambulance service with a visually stunning base of operations, which the Flowtech team were delighted to visit to keep those all-important rooftop gulleys and gutters flowing freely.


How Flowtech can help

Flowtech respond to all kinds of calls for planned and reactive maintenance of drains, gutters and gullies at ground and roof level, including underground drains.

We can clear blocked drain pipes and tackle slow-draining sinks inside premises, to diagnose the location of any clogs and blockages, and use the appropriate equipment to restore freely flowing water.

Our services can be scheduled in advance to fit in with your monthly, quarterly or annual maintenance plans, or we can respond to emergency call-outs in the event of a leak, a serious blockage leading to localised flooding, or any other significant situation.

For more information about hebs Flowtech email info@hebs-group.co.uk or to speak to a team member immediately call 0151 236 0707.


How to manage construction compliance for success

As construction projects grow in scale and scope, and regulatory demands increase, contractors of all kinds face the need to manage construction compliance end-to-end in order to deliver a successful project.

With non-compliance comes a plethora of problems for the project as a whole. At best, this can lead to an interruption and delays on delivery deadlines. At worst, enforcement action by the relevant regulatory body could lead to significant financial losses.


1. Know your obligations

The first step towards managing your compliance obligations is to identify exactly what they are.

In the construction sector, the most obvious compliance demands are things like building regulations, union agreements and agreed terms with contractors and subcontractors.

Another major area of construction industry regulation is health and safety. By learning the rules that apply to your business, you can see more easily how to implement them on a daily basis.


2. Increase automation

While construction is inherently a very human sector, compliance is one area where automation can help to reduce human error.

By digitising your records, you can make sure all your compliance data is ready and can be recalled easily from any location via a secure internet connection.

This also makes it easier to update records when information changes, compared with having a printed document to amend or replace every time.


3. Demonstrate compliance

Compliance is not just an internal process. It is also a way to give customers confidence in your processes – and may even be a requirement for public sector contracts.

By implementing a management system certified to ISO 45001:2018/OHSAS 18001:2007 and SSIP you can pre-qualify for the common assessment standards used at the tender stage of public sector projects.

You can also install systems that support significant other standards, such as ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management and/or ISO 9001:2015 for quality management.

This means that by ensuring compliance upfront, you could potentially unlock access to a large and lucrative marketplace, while providing private sector clients with greater peace of mind too.


Take a step ahead

If you want to get ahead of your closest competition, a streamlined approach to construction compliance could be the answer, especially if your existing processes have been built up over time and have become complex and woolly.

Contact hebs Group today on 0151 2360707 to find out more about how to manage construction compliance for success on projects of all sizes, for the private and public sector alike, and how to gain that all-important competitive edge by doing so.

Top telecom challenges

Top telecom challenges 2021

It goes without saying that in 2020, the biggest challenge faced by most of us, at work and at home, was the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the Coronavirus remains a primary concern, the rollout of vaccines and improved treatments for the disease is allowing major economies around the world to begin the delicate task of opening back up.

As we move into the second half of 2021, Let’s take a look at top telecom challenges – some deriving from the pandemic, and others from more general market forces.


1. Digital everything

With many of us working from home during the pandemic and unable to visit family and friends, video conferencing took on new importance as a way to keep in touch.

From a Monday morning Teams meeting with colleagues to a Friday-night Zoom ‘pub quiz’ with distant friends, the webcam has replaced the phone as the go-to device for real-time contact.

As the analogue telephone network begins to shut down, this move to digital communications will only accelerate, and it’s already time for the sector to take the necessary action to keep devices operating in the coming years.


2. 5G potential

Consumer understanding of 5G is often very limited – most see it as nothing more than a faster version of 4G, at best.

For the industry, 5G offers huge potential for remote real-time communications with all kinds of devices, supporting the next phase of the Internet of Things for anything with a SIM card and a 5G signal.

The increasing implementation of 5G and the installation of new masts to support the protocol will play a major part in transforming mobile communications in the second half of 2021.

One remaining telecom challenge in this area is to ensure public perception is positive by dispelling some of the myths surrounding 5G technology and pushing home the advantages of high-speed mobile data connections, especially in locations not covered by public Wi-Fi.


3. Safe and secure

Finally, one of the other top telecom challenges is security as more devices connect to the IoT and more employees work flexible terms from remote locations.

The more data is stored, the more value it represents for would-be cybersecurity attackers, and the harder it becomes to prevent the smallest leaks.

In 2021 and beyond, it will be as important as ever to ensure remote workers can dial in securely to WANs, while putting in place firewalls and other perimeter security measures to keep out potential hacks and attacks.


Find out more

To discuss how hebs Group can help you solve your own telecoms challenges in 2021, contact us today on 0151 2360707. All enquiries are welcome and we’ll be happy to help.

hebs NICEIC Contractors are here for you!

At hebs Group we’re rightfully proud of our numerous accreditations and affiliations, which provide our clients with valuable peace of mind about the quality of our services.

It’s not just about having a logo or quality mark to put on our website. These professional memberships require high standards of service and workmanship, and ultimately they are about you, our clients, and how well we serve you on each and every project.

One of our proudest accreditations is NICEIC Approved Contractor status, which verifies that our electrical installation work is carried out to very high industry standards, something that is especially close to our heart.

This goes right back to the beginnings of hebs Group, but also proves that we are not complacent – we remain as committed to quality today as we have always been.


A history of electrical installations

Our company history is centred around electrical installations and maintenance, and they remain a core function of our present-day activities. So it’s only right that we prove our capabilities in this area and continue to build on our unparalleled track record.

As NICEIC Contractors, we are able to do exactly that. NICEIC accreditation demonstrates that we have met and exceeded the required standards for membership, giving our electrical engineers industry knowledge and experience to bring to your project.

When you hire hebs Group to complete electrical work for you, whether it’s a new electrical installation or maintenance of existing systems, you can rest assured of receiving a service that upholds this exacting standard at all times.


Other accreditations

At hebs Group we understand the importance of external certification and accreditation, so that you can always know you will receive the highest standards of service from us, and don’t have to take our word for it.

Some examples of our accreditations and professional affiliations include:

  • Safe Contractor Approved
  • NICEIC Approved Contractors 
  • Constructionline UK Government Certification Service
  • CHAS Accredited Contractor
  • ISO 9001-17735 ISOQAR Registered
  • ISO 14001-17735 ISOQAR Registered

We are also NHS Framework Contractors, allowing us to carry out work for public sector organisations. Our Framework Reference Number is SBS/MN/PZJ/8874.


Get in touch

If you would like to know more about our NICEIC status or any of our professional memberships and certifications, please contact us on 0151 2360707 and we’ll be happy to help.

We look forwards to hearing from you, and all enquiries are very welcome.

hebs Flowtech has arrived

Following feed back from our clients we have invested heavily in anew division of the hebs Group, we now have industry leading capabilities in the self delivery of drainage, sewer and pipeline maintenance, inspections and trench-less repairs using state of the art CCTV & High Pressure Water Jetting equipment, this will a be great benefit to our existing clients and a new work stream for the group, hebs Flowtech has the knowledge and support of our Director Of Maintenance Mr Mike Berry who has over 20 years experience in the utility and industrial cleaning sectors and has come to hebs following 6 years as a the leader of a specialist pipeline repair contractor on A.M.P.6

Keep checking back with us for the latest updates and development in this new division or call our team for more information…..

N.W.A.S Award.

hebs Group Ltd are proud to announce we have successfully secured the next four years as principle maintenance contractor for The North West Ambulance Service, our long term relationship with the client and our accreditation as an approved N.H.S. Shared Business Services provider combined with the hard work of the contract team has seen month on month improvements leading up to the re tender of the contract,

  • Mr Paul Bolland – Managing Director, commented,

It is testament to the hard work a dedication of the team and the continuous improvements made to secure our future with N.W.A.S, we are very proud of our achievements and our people”

hebs complete Pure Gym 200.

The hebs Group Ltd is proud to have reached an historic milestone and some great feed back from our valued client, this project had some unique challenges that we overcame due to the dedication of our team and great vision by the client, we are proud to have delivered the 200th Pure Gym, thanks to all involved, amazing work guys…..

“Just wanted to say a big thanks to the team from hebs Group in helping us achieve a milestone in the UK fitness market with our 200th gym in Brighton

It’s been a challenging project right from the start but I think you will agree the end result looks great. Here’s on to 250 and even 300 gyms!”

Mr Jonathan Graley – Pure Gym Projects Manager.